Bluegrass-centric tropical destination concert vacation Strings & Sol is back for the sixth year, returning to the all-inclusive Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. The event will take place on the beautiful coastline in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico from December 8-12, 2017. This year’s lineup will feature Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Fruition.Greensky Bluegrass and Yonder Mountain String Band will perform three shows each while additional artists will have two performances respectively, all scheduled over the course of four, jam-packed nights. The live music performances are guaranteed to be an extraordinary experience for guests, set in a variety of unique venues – beach main stage, poolside gazebo, and an open-air palapa – all steps away from guestrooms and all-inclusive amenities.This year, Strings & Sol will be offering a limited number of fans the option of staying just down the beach from the main stage at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. Dreams is a well-appointed, all-inclusive resort that is located less than 1 mile from Now Sapphire. Keeping the event at a limited capacity while offering a second resort option is a contemporary opportunity for guests. If staying at Dreams Riviera Cancun, guests can easily connect to Now Sapphire throughout the day and night either by a quick beach walk or door-to-door shuttle. Experience the best of both worlds with all the action of Now Sapphire at your fingertips and a whole other resort full of amenities to add a new element to your vacation.From artist-hosted workshops, poolside-contests, and beach jam sessions, to theme nights, casual artist interactions, and an autograph signing, this event is the ultimate experience for fans. Furthermore, guests can book off-site excursions through the Strings & Sol website to explore the beauty and culture of the surrounding Mayan region extending from Cancun to Tulum. Talk about a vacation!Strings & Sol is again partnering with charitable organization Positive Legacy, encouraging artists and fans to participate in a day of service and cultural connection in the community of Puerto Morelos as a way of giving back. The ongoing Positive Legacy project in this region has been the “Urban Garden Initiative,” a mission to bring the practice of community gardening to the local high school. The goal of the project is to share in the practice of gardening and create a local, sustainable fresh food source. Details for this year’s Day of Service will be announced in the coming months.For more information, head to the Cloud 9 website.[photo by Josh Timmermans]
In a few days’ time thousands of IT practitioners, IT professionals, subject matter experts and technology enthusiasts will descend upon the Venetian in Las Vegas to learn about the latest in converged platforms, software defined, all flash technologies, and hybrid cloud at EMC World 2016. The Converged Platforms Division will be out in full force with the intention of demonstrating how converged solutions can reduce IT complexity and drive business value.We pride ourselves on the constant evolution and development of our portfolio to better meet our customers’ current and future technology needs. With every product, solution or platform announced we have accelerated our customers’ journey towards a simplified and faster IT environment, whilst also offering more choice than ever before to meet a diverse range of workloads, applications and use cases.At EMC World 2016 we will reveal how the journey towards a modern data center supported by a scalable and robust infrastructure can be expedited with two significant announcements to our converged platforms portfolio. Chad Sakac, President, Converged Platforms Division, will be unveiling the details in a keynote session on Tuesday, 3 May, 10-00 – 11:30am. In another general session on Wednesday, 4 May, 10:00 – 11:30am, Chad Sakac will do product demonstration, showcasing the latest additions to our portfolio.Another not-to-be-missed highlight of the event will be Chad Sakac’s IT Leadership Session on “Platforms Are the New End Game” on Tuesday, 3 May, 12:00 – 1:00pm. In his inimitable style, Chad will reveal why customers should shift from a build to a buy consumption model and how they can benefit from flexibility in infrastructure. He’ll also elaborate on the impact of the software defined data center and cloud native applications on the ability of businesses to innovate and deliver unique and new opportunities. De-mystifying hyper-converged as never before, Chad will answer any questions you might have on converged platforms.Satisfied customers are the best proof that our products and solutions are delivering what we are promising they will. With this in mind, we will host several “Customer Experiences with VCE Converged Infrastructure” sessions where VCE customers will discuss how they’ve used Vblock and VxRack Systems to modernize their data centers and become more agile and flexible. Customers that have partnered with VCE such as Fujifilm Medical Systems and University of San Diego will explain how they have driven IT transformation strategies that simplified IT operations while lowering operational costs and reducing risk. A must see session for anyone considering embarking on their own IT and business transformational journey.A technology enthusiasts’ delight, the Converged Platforms Division booth (#739) will feature the full range of our converged platforms portfolio spanning Blocks, Rack and Appliances, and key platforms and solutions. Our booth will be a hive of activity where we will be hosting in-theatre demos, presentations, and most importantly hands-on labs where you can experience and explore VCE Vision Intelligent Operations for VCE Systems, VCE VxRack Manager and VxRail Manager either in a guided or self-paced environment.If you are attending the show be sure to wear your VCE goodies (stickers, bag tags, hats), as you may be spotted by our prize patrol for a chance to win prizes. Don’t forget to drop by our booth where we will be handing out personalized IT Action Hero picture frames to go along with your photo. Pictures can be taken at the VCE booth and tweeted with #ITActionHero for a chance to win a 3D Printer!For those who are not attending the event – you can catch the keynotes and highlight session via the virtual event. You can also get involved with our Ask the Experts session in the Converged Platforms Community and join our day 2 CrowdChat. Join the community and follow along with @EMCworld and @VCE for more details on these events.Plus our roving ambassadors will be blogging important takeaways and summaries from the key sessions on the Vblog. Be sure to actively follow it. Our social media team will live tweet from the Converged Platforms keynote, main booth sessions and breakout sessions. Get real time updates with our designated live tweeters including @JayCuthrell, @YoungP2, @dresnic, and @H2Ohs.The glittering lights of Las Vegas beckon. Tighten your seatbelts as it promises to be a superb event.
View Comments James Corden(Photo courtesy of Theo Wargo/Getty Images) Now that the 2016 Tony Awards are over, let’s take a moment to talk about how perfectly entertaining James Corden was as the evening’s emcee. Corden kicked off the ceremony with a heartfelt message about the devastating attack in Orlando, Florida, saying: “Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is embraced and is loved. Hate will never win. Together, we will make sure of that. Tonight’s show is a symbol and a celebration of that principle. This is the Tony Awards.” Corden then spent the next three hours showing off all of his many talents, including his cheeky sense of humor, his (Tony Award-winning!) singing and dancing chops and, of course, his uncanny ability to keep genuine smiles painted on everyone’s faces. We immediately fell for his early musical number where Corden joyously celebrated all of the theater roles he’s dreamed of playing ever since he was a young boy, including Jean Valjean (Les Miserables), Simba (The Lion King), Danny Zuko (Grease), Maria Rainer (The Sound of Music), Annie (Annie), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof) and, naturally, Mama Rose (Gypsy). For the rest of the night, Corden kept the show moving right along while also eliciting chuckles from guests inside the Beacon Theatre and audiences at home. His bit about all of the Law & Order acting credits Broadway stars have, especially Danny Burstein (we counted seven!), had us LOL-ing. But most importantly, Corden kept the inclusive message of “This could be you!” at the forefront of the show, and that is exactly the right note for a show that celebrates the magic of Broadway and live theater. Hosting the Tony Awards is a challenging gig, but Corden pulled it off with ease. As far as we’re concerned, Corden has our love, our praise, and we’ll love him till our dying days.
VEC farm customer joins CVPS Cow Power(tm)NEWPORT, VT – A fifth Vermont farm has joined the CVPS Cow Power(tm) herd through cooperation with Vermont Electric Cooperative.The cows at Neighborhood Farms in Newport are now making two products for their owners, fresh, delicious milk and clean, renewable electricity – joining cows in Addison, Berkshire, Sheldon, St. Albans in one of the fastest-growing renewable energy programs in the country.”We’re excited to be online and generating a new income stream,” said Matthew Maxwell, part of the third generation of the Maxwell family at Neighborhood Farms. “If not for CVPS Cow Power(tm) we wouldn’t be doing this. The program provides solid financial benefits while helping us make tremendous improvements to our manure management. CVPS Cow Power(tm) and the customers who enroll help make projects such as ours a reality.”The farm was started in 1957 by Maurice and Lois Maxwell, who now share ownership with their four sons: Stewart, Bradley, Anthony, and Jeffery. Grandson Matthew also works on the farm in a management position.There are 850 milking cows with an average of 750 milking at all times. The farm, the smallest CVPS Cow Power(tm) producer, has won several farm management awards, including being named 2003 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year by the University of Vermont.Neighborhood Energy LLC is a newly created partnership between Bradley, Stewart, Jeffery, Anthony and Matthew Maxwell that will produce energy with an anaerobic digester and generator installed at the farm site. Construction of the digester began in March.The farm is in the Vermont Electric Cooperative’s service territory, which worked with CVPS and the Maxwells to make the project a reality. VEC will purchase the farm’s electrical output and CVPS will purchase the renewable energy credits and related environmental attributes associated with the farm-based generation. CVPS Cow Power(tm) agreed to purchase the credits and all associated renewable attributes for 4 cents per kilowatt-hour.”VEC is pleased to be able to extend the benefits of Cow Power to the Maxwells,” VEC Chief Executive Officer David Hallquist said. “All of VEC’s members and the environment benefit from this joint arrangement, built through cooperation between VEC, CVPS and the Maxwells.”The project is expected to produce about 1,750,000 kilowatt-hours annually, which CVPS President Bob Young called an important addition to the program. “We are committed to renewable energy development, and these projects are an important part of our efforts to develop renewables right here in Vermont,” Young said. “Each successive farm that joins Cow Power gives more credence to our belief that Vermont dairy farms can play a significant role in meeting Vermont’s energy needs in the future. We hope to supply 4 to 5 percent of our load with Cow Power within 10 years.”The Cow Power process is simple: manure and other agricultural waste are held in a sealed concrete tank at the same temperature as a cow’s stomach, 101 degrees. Bacteria digest the volatile components, creating methane and killing pathogens and weed seeds. The methane, which is roughly 20 times more harmful than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere, fuels an engine/generator.CVPS customers can choose to receive all, half or a quarter of their electrical energy through Cow Power, and pay a premium of 4 cents per kilowatt hour. It goes to participating farm-producers, to purchase renewable energy credits when enough farm energy isn’t available, or to the CVPS Renewable Development Fund. The fund also provides grants to farm owners to develop on-farm generation. CVPS provide Neighborhood Energy a grant of $100,000 to help underwrite start-up costs through its Renewable Development Fund.”These projects may need a little help getting started, but they have performed remarkably at every farm in the program,” Young said. “They are among the most reliable generators in our system.”CVPS Cow Power(tm) has been repeatedly honored since its creation in 2004. The program won the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2005-2006 and the Finalist’s Commendation in the 2007 Edison Electric Institute’s annual Edison Award competition, named for Thomas Edison. In January, “Power Magazine” named CVPS Cow Power(tm) one of five “Top Plants” worldwide. For more information, visit www.cvps.com/cowpower(link is external).
38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last week, several of my NAFCU colleagues and I attended the 11th Mid-Atlantic Anti-Money Laundering Conference, a multi- day symposium held here in Washington, DC, and presented by the FBI, ICE, U.S. Secret Service, IRS and DEA. This conference is a useful one in that it gives financial institution attendees the opportunity to hear law enforcement cases that illustrate how the “bad guys” are using the U.S. financial system to launder their ill-gotten proceeds. It’s also helpful to hear that the information you all submit doesn’t just disappear into a black hole.The information provided in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) is useful and appreciated. During the conference, multiple law enforcement investigators noted how important SARs are to their investigations and in one illustrated case, a SAR was the actual trigger for the investigation. Whether a SAR starts an investigation or enhances an ongoing one, law enforcement stresses that such information sharing is vital.Some additional takeaways from the conference: continue reading »
Aug 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Three years ago President Bush directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to consolidate biosurveillance data to improve the nation’s ability to detect bioterrorism and other infectious disease threats, but federal auditors warned this week that leadership problems have seriously hampered the program.Problems surrounding the implementation of the $14.3 million program, called the National Bio-Surveillance Integration System (NBIS), were detailed in a 38-page report by the DHS Inspector General’s office that was posted on the agency’s Web site 3 days ago.The program is a massive information technology project that will combine biosurveillance information from 14 federal agencies as well as several industry and other outside sources, according to the report. The NBIS is designed to sift through a large amount of data to enable analysts to quickly recognize biological attacks on a range of targets and provide early warning of possible pandemics.”NBIS, a key element of DHS’ bioprotection program, is falling short of its objectives,” the report states.Though the program began with a clear mandate and strong support, implementation efforts have suffered from numerous shifts within DHS departments, the report says. The system initially flourished under the agency’s science and technology department, but lost momentum less than a year later when DHS transferred program responsibilities to its information analysis and infrastructure department. Delays in hiring and lack of office space and staffing stalled progress on the system.In a subsequent shift, the NBIS was placed under the department of the chief medical officer, where the focus on situational awareness was reduced and the program became more medical-based and less willing to share information, the report says. Under the new arrangement, the NBIS benefited from more senior-level support, which helped beef up staffing and bring in additional contractor expertise.But as a result of all the management changes, the NBIS has not developed adequate planning documents, and the development of interagency partnerships—crucial for incorporating data into the system—has languished, the report asserts. “For example, without clear program milestones, NBIS managers have been unable to track accomplishments of program activities or monitor progress toward meeting long-term goals,” it states.NBIS has not yet acquired the federal data it needs to test and further develop the system, the Inspector General’s Office found.Another key problem has been a lack of guidance for NBIS contractors, the report says. For example, when the contractors were developing the system, DHS made it difficult for them to seek user feedback from the analysts who will be working with the system.The report says the date set for the NBIS to begin initial operations was pushed back to June-July 2007, which could delay the contractor’s scheduled March 2008 delivery of the system and add $2.8 million to the project’s price tag. DHS projects NBIS will be fully operational by September 2008.Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, said problems with the NBIS are frustrating, Newsday reported 2 days ago.”All of this was supposed to be fast-tracked. Yet we find ourselves 6 years after 9/11, wrestling with basic challenges in terms of information-sharing and interagency coordination,” he told Newsday.In an accompanying letter responding to the inspector general’s report, Jeffrey Runge, MD, DHS’s chief medical officer, agreed with most of the findings, but made several clarifications. He wrote that his department has already made progress toward hiring more staff and has hired a contractor to establish a master schedule to monitor workflow. Runge also said his department has secured the participation of more NBIS partners.
Tourists are an epidemiologically important population, both because of their mobility and potential to be exposed to diseases outside their home country, and because of the possibility that they can serve as disease carriers from one country to another. In the last 10 years or so, the tourism sector has repeatedly faced similar threats, including Ebola, chikungunya fever and zika virus, but never on such a scale. One of the world’s largest and most important tourism fairs, the ITB in Germany, was canceled at the last minute on the grounds that it wanted to protect the health of exhibitors and visitors. Both exhibitors and visitors are tourism professionals who have sent a worrying message to the tourism market around the world in this way. Tourism is by nature an economic branch in which many participants are involved, and the health care system has an important place in the organizational chain of the Republic of Croatia. In the overall situation, such an approach should be a step forward in the presentation of Croatia as a healthy country full of life. b) The key health risk factors during the trip are: destination, duration of the trip, purpose of the trip, tourist behavior, as well as safety of (local) health care, accommodation standards, food and water quality and sanitary and hygienic properties of the destination environment. Late last week, Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli made a rather reassuring announcement that no major disruptions were actually expected: “Further spread of coronavirus in Croatia and the rest of Europe is difficult to project, but is expected to affect first-quarter tourism results, although not too much, because in that quarter the tourist traffic is weaker, and the share in the total annual income from tourism is about five percent ”. Author: Andreja Gazdek, ProConcept Yes, that is the answer to our question from the title. The UNWTO’s position on tourist health safety was defined two decades ago and can be found in the WTO Handbook “Tourist Safety, Practical Destination Measures”, and is divided into two main segments: This statement did not calm down, nor did it meet with the approval of the tourism sector, because the sales offices of both large and small tourism entities are fighting for every guest in the pre-season, and the main season that should bring the most revenue will be sold as Last minute. good. Gone are the days when Last Minute had a higher price than the regular one. The Corona virus has brought unrest to the world economy, a decline in the value of companies, an apparent decline in the exchange of goods and services. We all know that the epidemic will subside in the end and pass… unfortunately not without consequences. It will leave behind many economic systems weakened, or even destroyed. Many stocks have now reached values lower than in 2008 when the collapse of world stock markets and the banking system severely shook and devastated many economies. We can only predict the consequent damage, because a similar situation for the currently set global economic model is a novelty for everyone. a) Health risks associated with travel are a common problem and responsibility of all those involved in tourism (health care, tourism industry and tourists) We all know that the epidemic will subside in the end and pass without consequences. We can only predict the consequential damage, because this situation is a novelty for everyone for the currently set global economic model. A reliable and safe health care system in such emergencies is an extremely important factor in choosing a tourist destination for your next trip. Croatia is a safe country, with a developed system of medical care. The responsibility for the health of all participants in tourism must be taken by the entire community. The evolving epidemiology of the disease, the growing prevalence of antimicrobial drugs and the development of new vaccines and prophylactic treatment have contributed to the creation of constant needs for monitoring the movement of tourists. This is precisely the reason why the epidemiological services of many countries, including Croatia, had a very clear picture of how the corona virus will cross national borders, and how to proceed as soon as the first case of infection is recorded. The current controlled development of the situation with the corona virus in Croatia is a big plus for Croatian tourism and an excellent promotion of the Croatian health system. Igor Rudan stated on Sunday’s NU2 show: “If such a virus entered a dysfunctional state, then it could not be stopped” – which actually shows that the Croatian health care system is organized, professional. The Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB should refine the existing promotional campaigns in this direction. The media and public figures should support these views in all ways, and instead of spreading panic and sensationalist black headlines, they should turn the situation in a positive direction, create an atmosphere of optimism, and a safe oasis for tourists from Croatia. On the other hand, the Minister of Health Vili Beroš is in excellent control of the situation, he is very well acquainted with all segments of the system that participates in the prevention and implementation of health care. Despite the initial criticisms leveled at him, which were probably the result of global hysteria over the corona virus, tensions have eased significantly and it is very clear that things are under control. Destinations where accommodation, hygiene and sanitation, medical care and water quality are of a high standard pose relatively few serious risks to the health of tourists, other than those with pre-existing illness. The same is true for business travelers and tourists who visit most major cities and tourist centers and stay in quality accommodation. In contrast, destinations where accommodation is of poor quality, hygiene and sanitation are inadequate, medical services do not exist, and clean water is not available, can pose serious risks to the health of tourists. In light of the large number of medical staff who have left the country, we are probably only now becoming aware of how important it is to keep this system healthy and operational. Croatian tourism, which accounts for almost 20% of GDP, is a sensitive industry that needs the support of the entire social system and a stable political situation in order to function.
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The foreign exchange loss also largely contributed to the company’s total loss of Rp 512.5 billion from January-June, compared to the Rp 158.7 billion profit it posted in the same period in 2019.“We are taking into account the foreign exchange factor during our refinancing efforts. After that, we will hedge our position so we will receive compensation if the rupiah weakens,” Joseph said during a press briefing held by the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).The global bonds are expected to carry maximum annual coupons of 13 percent.Alam Sutera has two maturing global bonds, with the first bond amounting to $115 million with 11.5 percent interest due in April next year and $370 million bonds with 6.6 percent interest due in April 2022. Publicly listed property developer PT Alam Sutera Realty has vowed to reduce its foreign exchange exposure toward the US dollar in the long run despite the company’s plan to issue a maximum US$485 million in global bonds.Alam Sutera president director Joseph Sanusi Tjong said on Aug. 28 that the company would hedge its liquidity after issuing the global bonds to prevent additional loss from foreign exchange. The global bonds are part of the company’s refinancing effort for its maturing bonds.Alam Sutera posted Rp 271.5 billion (US$18.5 million) in foreign exchange loss during the first half of 2020, a turnaround from the Rp 122.2 billion profit it posted in the same period last year, the company’s financial report showed. Ratings agency Fitch recently downgraded Alam Sutera’s long-term issuer default rating, as well as its two maturing bonds to CCC- from B-, amid the heightened liquidity risk due to the company’s limited progress in securing the maturing bonds’ refinancing.Alam Sutera has appointed PT UBS Sekuritas Indonesia and PT JP Morgan Sekuritas Indonesia as underwriters for the upcoming global bonds and is continuing preparations for the bonds issuance, according to Joseph.Joseph added that the company was committed to reducing dollar-denominated debts into a more balanced level and aims to convert part of the debts into the rupiah to reduce the exposure.“The company remains committed to slowly reducing dollar debt exposure. We are also hoping to convert a portion of these debts into the rupiah,” he said.The company’s cash assets stood at Rp 888 billion as of June this year, a 26.7 percent dive from Rp 1.2 trillion by the end of 2019.Joseph also stated that he expected lower gross sales and net income this year due to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.“Regarding this year’s top line and bottom line [growth], we believe it will be lower compared to last year’s number. We have conditioned our company with the current property industry’s cycle by selling our products at a lower price,” he said.Alam Sutera posted Rp 919.5 billion in revenue in the first half of the year, down 28.9 percent from Rp 1.28 trillion in the same period last year.Meanwhile, the property developer posted a slight increase in marketing sales during the first half of 2020 at Rp 1.36 trillion, from Rp1.34 trillion during the same period last year. The company aims to book Rp 2.5 trillion in marketing sales this year.Alam Sutera investor relations officer Tasha Remisha said the company would also reduce its capital expenditure as it had acquired sufficient land banks for development.“We will not aggressively acquire land anymore because our land bank has reached a sustainable level for the next 30 years,” she said.The company’s capital expenditure for land banks has dropped from Rp 1.08 trillion in 2017 to Rp 423 billion in 2019, according to Alam Sutera’s presentation.Topics :
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Announces Funding for Cleanup of 11 Former Industrial Sites October 18, 2018 Economy, Environment, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced 11 new approvals through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) that will clean up former industrial sites in Allegheny, Berks, Blair, Cumberland, Erie, and Montgomery counties to prepare them for occupation by businesses and residential properties.“These projects will not only protect the environment and remove harmful contaminants from these sites, but will also prepare them for development into residential or commercial property where people can live and work,” Governor Wolf said. “Eliminating blight is a crucial component of growing local economies and improving quality of life in these areas.”Because no redevelopment can occur at these properties if they still contain environmental contamination, developers must first undergo extensive environmental cleanup before the property can be put into productive reuse. The ISRP provides loans and grants to help offset the costs of environmental assessments and remediation to foster the cleanup of the contaminated material at these industrial sites.The 11 approved projects:Allegheny County: RIDC Southwestern Pennsylvania Growth Fund was approved for a $300,000 grant to perform environmental remediation on a three-story building located at Mill 19 in the city of Pittsburgh. RIDC is redeveloping the massive, long-abandoned mill that sits on the 12.6-acre Hazelwood Green site. Mill 19 is one of three existing structures that remain standing from when the site was used for steel production.Allegheny County: The Pittsburgh Trust For Cultural Resources was approved for a $297,750 grant to perform environmental remediation on the former Duff’s Business Institute in the city of Pittsburgh. Once developed, the site will be prepared for the development of a 400,000-square-foot office building.Allegheny County: North Side Industrial Development Company was approved for a $154,500 grant for a Phase II environmental assessment study located in the Lower Hill District of the city of Pittsburgh. The property is 12.4 acres and comprised of six tax parcels that were assembled and cleared in the 1960’s to become part of the former Civic Arena development, and will be developed for residential, office, hotels, and retail/recreational use.Berks County: Fleetwood Borough was approved for a $285,443 grant to perform environmental remediation at the former Garden State Tannery site in Fleetwood. The borough plans to develop the 2-acre lot into a public parking facility for businesses on Main Street.Berks County: Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA) was approved for a $138,750 grant for environmental remediation costs at the Pearle Building site located in the city of Reading. BCCCA plans to remediate the contaminated building and construct a multi-level bar/restaurant totaling 33,000 square feet.Blair County: Altoona Blair County Development Corporation was approved for a $14,581 grant to assist with an environmental assessment at a former auto dealership located at 2300 North Branch Avenue in the city of Altoona. Once the site has been assessed, the site will be converted into a 35-bed shelter and 6 apartments for low to moderate income residents. Additionally, the developer will construct a new building which will provide administrative and support space for the Blair County Community Action Agency and Classrooms for Blair County Head Start.Cumberland County: REC DC, LLC was approved for a $48,855 grant to perform environmental remediation at the former Domestic Castings site in Shippensburg Township. Once remediated, REC DC plans to redevelop the property into a mixed residential, office, and retail property with five structures.Cumberland County: Real Estate Collaborative, LLC was approved for a $231,709 grant to perform environmental remediation at the former Tyco manufacturing facility in Carlisle. Once remediated, the site will be redeveloped into commercial, retail, and entertainment space.Erie County: Corry Area Industrial Development Corporation was approved for a $667,345 grant to perform environmental remediation work at the former Thermo-Fab Inc. site located in the Corry. The former 31,750-square-foot industrial building was built in 1953 and has sat vacant since 2008.Montgomery County: Renaissance Land Associates II, L.P. and Renaissance Land Associates III, L.P were approved for a $885,289 loan and a $415,510 loan for environmental remediation work of more than 20 acres on the site known as the former Alan Wood Steel Company coking facility located in Upper Merion Township. Once the site is remediated, the developer intends to redevelop the site for residential multi-family purposes.Montgomery County: The Municipality of Norristown was approved for a $31,500 grant for environmental assessment of the former Howie Corporation site located in Norristown. Once the site is remediated, the Municipality of Norristown will partner with the current owner to create a residential/mixed use property.“Assisting with the cleanup of these brownfield sites is vital for attracting business investment and job creation,” Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin said. “When brownfield sites sit vacant, they become eyesores, they lower property values, and hold back economic development in the area. These projects will ensure these sites become valuable properties that truly improve the communities in which they are located.”“Revitalizing brownfields and restoring them to productive use is critical to having strong vibrant communities,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We’re pleased to collaborate with DCED on these brownfield redevelopment projects, and thousands more statewide.”For more information about the Industrial Sites Reuse program, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.